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The legend of Skhtorashen's Tnjri Tree

The highest Tnjri is located in lowlands of Skhtorashen of  Vananda region in Artsakh Republic. Tnjri is the oldest and the highest tree on CIS territory, which is about 2,200 years oldAccording to legend, the tree was planted by Tigran the Great. There were also 15 branches from the same tree։ designed for each region of historical Armenia, but all branches except Artsakh have dried up.

 The hollow has an area of 44 sq.m. The perimeter of the tree hollow is 27m, the height is 54m. The giant tree’s shadow equals to 1400 sq.m. The leaves of the tree reach to 0,5m. The legends passing from generation to generation tell us, that some remarkable people of our past used to rest under the canopy of this tree – Mesrop Mashtots, Movses Khorenatsi (Vc.), Movses Kalankatutsi (VIIc.), Sayat Nova (XVIIIc.), Raffi and other. 

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